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PostSubject: May Day Celebrations   Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:08 am

Happy May Day to everybody
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On May Day, Bulgarians celebrate Irminden (or Yeremiya, Eremiya, Irima, Zamski den). The holiday is associated with snakes and lizards and rituals are made in order to protect people from them. The name of the holiday comes from the prophet Jeremiah, but its origins are most probably pagan.

It is said that on the days of the Holy Forty or Annunciation snakes come out of their burrows, and on Irminden their king comes out. Old people believe that those working in the fields on this day will be bitten by a snake in summer.

In western Bulgaria people light fires, jump over them and make noises to scare snakes. Another custom is to prepare "podnici" (special clay pots made for baking bread).

This day is especially observed by pregnant women so that their offspring do not catch "yeremiya" — an illness due to evil powers.  
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PostSubject: Re: May Day Celebrations   Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:55 am

Happy May day to you too and to everyone Have a great bank holiday g s

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PostSubject: Re: May Day Celebrations   Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:31 pm

Will you be dancing round the Maypole tomorrow Willow......or following the Morris Men..... s
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PostSubject: Re: May Day Celebrations   Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:13 pm

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Will you be dancing round the Maypole tomorrow Willow......or following the Morris Men..... s

With my knee's and things the state they are in, I can safely say I not be doing either, but I don't have a drinking problem so I could be outside the pub clapping my hands La
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PostSubject: Re: May Day Celebrations   Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:36 pm


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PostSubject: subject   Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:28 pm

Ahhhh...Morris Men and a Maypole, brings back fond memories of Wellow, in Notts, all those years ago.
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